Fiber wall hangings and macrame are back! I've got a simple way for you to bring that retro flavor to your home with these simple DIY Beaded Plant Hangers. I made a pair of these for my girl's new bedroom that was featured in Real Families this month.
Plants are such an easy way to bring life to any space. And if you have a small space with limited surfaces or you just want to keep them up and away from curious toddlers, hanging them from the ceiling can be a great option.
I made a couple different versions of this. One was my daughter, Denali's idea, she painted the beads on the yellow pot ombre pink to mimic the colors on the Graduated Bookcases we have in the room. And then I painted the others metallic gold and mixed round and geometric beads (like the ones used in this DIY).
2. Fold all 5 of the pieces of twine in half and tie a knot at right in the middle. This will be the top for hanging the plant from. I found it was helpful to hang the twine from a door knob and work with gavity to do the next steps, but you could also work on a flat surface.
3. Starting about 2/3s down the length of the twine and thread 5 beads onto the pairs of the twine.
I also made a version with neon pink cording and natural beads.
Hi Guys! We are neck deep in a room makeover for our girls at the moment. It’s almost done but I am at the point where I am trying to figure out what to put on the walls. Instead of buying something, I decided why not make a cute craft all together. Rowan loved the idea of making something for the walls in her room. A dream catcher is was! The fun part about this craft is there really are no rules. Anything goes. You can make strands of beads, feathers, braids, tassels, etc… and it all looks great!
Wooden embroidery hoop
Yarn in pretty colors
1. I let Rowan draw on a piece of paper for a while. I told her to fill it with as many colors as possible. Then I drew shapes on the paper and she practiced her scissor skills as she tried to cut out the shapes. We used the shapes on the strands at the bottom of the dream catcher.
2. Then I loosened the hoop and took off the outer ring. With the smaller ring, I tied a piece of yarn around it and let Rowan wrap it around in as many directions as she wanted. We repeated this step with 2 colors of yarn. I tied off the ends and then put the outer hoop back on and tightened it up. It holds all the yarn in place.
3. The fun part are the strands of yarn at the bottom. I let Rowan string beads, glue pom, poms, and help wrap string to make some tassels. We tied each strand to the bottom of the hoop, varying the lengths of each one.
4. Tie a piece of yarn to the top of the hoop and hang up on the wall.
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Well, I had to do it. Here's the St. Patrick's Day version of my Giant Geometric Wall Heart that I made for Valentine's Day. Green is my favorite color, so I think this guy is going to stay on my dining room wall for quite a while. Plus, it should bring me some good luck to have a giant shamrock in my home, right?
For this shamrock, you'll need 10 pieces of scrapbook paper. I used mint, forest green and metallic gold. You simply cut each piece of paper into 6" squares and then cut those squares diagonally to make triangles. Each piece of 12" scrapbook paper will give you 8 triangles. To make the shamrock shape, you will be making 3 hearts (like my giant geometric heart) and then adding a stem that is 3" wide. I attached the triangle to the wall using glue dots. I tried double stick tape, but with the texture of my walls, it didn't want to hold well.
What do you think about my "go big or go home" holiday decorations? I'm having fun with it, would you put up something this big on your wall? If you do decorate for St. Patrick's day, what does it look like?
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Decorating my daughter’s dollhouse for Christmas has become a bit of a tradition. It started with a single Christmas tree in the living room, and, over the past couple of years, I’ve added more and more festive holiday décor.
Many of her dollhouse furnishings are simple hand-made and repurposed items, and the Christmas decorations are no exception. In fact, it’s easy to give a holiday update to a dollhouse with very little expense. Here are a couple of ideas I’ve incorporated into Jenna’s dollhouse:
Things to Make
My daughter loves to draw, so I enlisted her help in creating a Christmas-themed gallery wall for the living room. She chose to draw a reindeer, a snowflake, Santa, a gingerbread man and a snowman.
For the tiny Christmas tree ornaments, I used a paper punch to cut circles out of decorative paper and applied it to the tree with a glue gun. It’s a little messy, but very easy.
Things to Repurpose
Many items you likely have on hand during the holidays can be repurposed into toys, decorations and furnishings for a dollhouse. For example, decorative paper napkins make great blankets, rugs and wall décor. I also looked to our own Christmas tree for inspiration and found a silver sleigh perfectly scaled to her dolls.
Decorating Jenna’s dollhouse has become a fun holiday tradition, one I hope we’ll continue for many years.
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Today we’re sharing an easy way to perk up a plain white tablecloth. This simple DIY no-sew table runner is made from the laminated chevron fabric from Riley Blake.
Are you familiar with Riley Blake fabrics? Not only do they offer a variety of fun chevron prints–laminated or not, they also have the BEST designs for girl and BOY FABRIC! If you’re a sewing Mom, Nana or Favorite Auntie to a little boy, you know finding cool BOY fabric is nearly impossible. So let me just point out my current favorite: these Pirate Ship and Pirate Skull prints. They’re the perfect combination of awesomely tough and cute. Back to the tutorial…
There are lots of reasons to love this fabric: (1) laminated fabric is wipe-able and totally kid-friendly; (2) lamination resists fraying, so no need to hem the edges of your runner; and (3) the fabulous chevron print!
Order enough yardage to cover the length of your desired table. Depending on the fabric width, you may be able to cut the fabric in half lengthwise, yielding two separate runners. Carefully trim off the selvage (raw, unlaminated edge). We used a rotary cutter and straight edge, but this can also be done simply with fabric scissors.
We used this runner for the Caroling Party featured over at One Charming Party.
I am so excited to finally share Baby Rockwell’s nursery makeover with you. We’ve had a few delays, but I just put the finishing touches on things, and I’m happy to report that Mr. R loves his room (Thank you Land of Nod!) Today I get to share his favorite detail of the moment — the Galaxy Star Mobile we created to hang above the crib.
Rockwell seems to have no choice but to stare into the Star Mobile with wonder and awe, while I scurry around after Modette who is shamelessly tearing the room apart faster than I can put it together.
Using leftover American Crafts Cardstock and Glitter Paper from our Glitter Academy project, and my Cricut Expression 2, I cut out 140+ of stars in about an hour (WAAAAY better than by hand!). To make a mobile you will also need a few No. 12 Screw Eyes, fishing line, and two 3/8-inch, square, wood dowels cut down to 22-inches. (If you ask, the hardware store will usually cut them down for free.)
1. Using the smallest drill bit you have drill a hole into the precise center of each of the dowels. (It is important to get as close to center as possible so your mobile will hang level.)
2. Mark where the star strands should hang. Measure from the left edge of the dowel and make a mark on the top side of the dowel at half, four and eight inches. Repeat on the other side measuring from the right edge.
3. Cut a yard of fishing line and tie a strand at each mark using a fishing knot that won’t come out. Tie a strand at each mark on the dowel, for a total of 12 strands. Tie a final strand through the center hole on only the bottom dowel.
4. Lay out the dowels and tape down the fishing line. Line up the paper stars in the desired pattern (see suggestions below).
5. We used Double-Sided Super Sticky Tape since it is mess free and quick.
6. Place the tape over the top of the fishing line and attach firmly to one of the stars and remove the red backing.
7. Line up the second matching star and press firmly to adhere.
8. Once you have completed adding stars to all 13 strands, twist in a Screw Eye to attach the dowels together.
Our mobile consists of 13 total star strands. We cross the dowels in the center and create four sides, each holding three strands. The final strand hangs in the center. The photo above shows a close-up of the strands for one side: a 5-star with one large glittered star, a 6-star strand with a small and large glittered star, and a 5-star strand with one small glittered star. For the center strand I used the 6-star one shown.
Despite our best efforts to make everything balanced, our finished mobile still didn’t hang level. We used a couple extra screw eyes as weights, hidden inside the stars, as needed to balance.
That photo above gives a peek at Rockwell’s new Low-Rise Crib from Land of Nod.
Hello, again! I can't wait to share the full reveal of Oliver's room redo soon, but today I wanted to share one more simple project that made a fun, creative difference as the final details came together! We had one wall in Oliver's room what was just sort of empty. We didn't need any more furniture, and we already had plenty of artwork on the walls. It didn't need to be anything, but as I thought about it, I saw that open wall space as an opportunity to give my guy a special space to play and display his toys at his eye level. I used two honeycomb shelves from The Land of Nod, and a couple of chalkboard wall decals I had leftover from our Family Business Wall project in the kitchen. It was a simple trace, cut and tape job, but adding the chalkboard detail to the back of two of the shelves added a little bit of interest and a whole lot of fun!
We put a hook by the door for him to hang his jacket, and a small play chair next to the bottom bunk to serve as a nightstand. I filled all the little shelves with different toys Oliver loves, and then hung one of our favorite chalkboard decal/posters on the wall to repeat the chalkboard theme. [Okay, testimony time: those vinyl posters are amazing. I had a very frustrating experience last week where I found the one I'd hung above Oliver's top bunk literally cumpled up in his garbage can, all stuck together and wrinkled (long story, and it involves Hazel and a miscommunication among siblings...), but I was super impressed when I was able to peel and un-crumple it all back open and reapply it to the wall good. as. new. Cray.]
Have a happy Tuesday, friends!
Raechel Myers blogs at Finding My Feet. She has two kids, an adorable husband and an addiction to Twizzlers.
As we set about the task of designing our 6-year-old's bedroom, I knew I really wanted to keep things kind of clean and natural, with lots of layered, juvenile elements to make it feel like his. Really, I just wanted it to ooze boy and childhood and adventure! We managed to accomplish the natural element with a raw pine floor and a wool, flokati rug - but I wanted the earthy vibe to extend up the walls. So? One day after lunch, I grabbed a handsaw and a measuring tape and took the kids hunting!
We have a good bit of woods behind our house, and though I'm sure they were far more excited about fishing with their bare hands in the stream (no success, but lots of splashing!) and swinging over the little river on a rope swing (Oliver's favorite!), I did manage to hone their attention when I pointed out a particularly long, straight branch and suggested we haul it home with us for a project.
I had already chosen a pair of silver rock finials for the window treatment, so really it was just a matter of cutting the stick down to size, drilling some holes into the ends, and screwing the finials into place. I ordered some pole brackets from Amazon and two bright green curtains from The Land of Nod.
It really took very little time, and I love how Oliver's boyish, nature-y room has the memory of a fun afternoon in the woods holding his curtains above his window.
Raechel Myers blogs at Finding My Feet. She has two kids, an adorable husband and an addiction to Twizzlers.
Need a few bright pops of color? Try taking any ordinary item like a used toy, old statue or everyday object and give it makeover. A little bright spray paint will quickly and easily transform anything into an eye-catching, unique accent for a playroom, kid’s room or bedroom. Choose the color of your liking and coordinate them with your existing décor.